Why doesn't the District have volunteer firefighters anymore?

Answer

Our community used to be small and rural. As it has become more urban and suburban, and full-time professional firefighters were hired, it has been harder to supplement service with volunteers. ECCFPD was able to rely in part on paid-on-call and volunteer firefighters as recently as 2012, but the with advances in firefighting technology and approaches, training and equipment costs for this help proved to be just as high as for full-time staff. Also, ECCFPD found there was insufficient interest in such positions from people able to help.